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April Rosenblatt
“I’m fat. I’m too skinny. I’d be happy if I were taller,
shorter, had curly hair, had straight hair, a smaller
nose, bigger muscles, longer legs…”
Does that sound
like you sometimes?
Does it sound like your
According to the National
Eating Disorders Association,
body image is what one
believes about their physical
appearance and how one feels
about their body.
 For most people body image is
tied to self esteem.
 Having a good body image is
more based on your thoughts
then your body or body shape
When body image is healthy, it
is positive, appreciative and
reasonably accurate.
 Negative body image involves
inaccurate self-perception,
shame and negative selfjudgment, which can lead to a
variety of problems, including
disordered eating and
 By taking steps to improve your
body image, you'll increase your
chances of physical and
emotional health and
Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder
Eating Disorders Statistics
• Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an
eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the
• Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental
illness• Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness
among adolescents.
• 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12
and 25.8
• The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12
times higher than the death rate associated with all causes
of death for females 15-24 years old.
• An estimated 2 to 5 percent of Americans experience binge-eating
disorder in a 6-month period.
• An estimated 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are male
• Men are less likely to seek treatment for eating disorders because
of the perception that they are “woman’s diseases.”
• Among gay men, nearly 14% appeared to suffer from bulimia and
over 20% appeared to be anorexic.
Men and boys who are dissatisfied with their bodies are at risk
of using more performance enhancing drugs and anabolic
Most people compare themselves to their peers,
friends, actors and celebrities or pictures in
 The dangerous thing about this is that most of
the images we are exposed to are altered and
 It becomes impossible for the person to see
themselves as looking “right.”
Media, Perception, Dieting:
• 95% of all dieters will regain their lost weight within 5 years
which keeps them in a vicious cycle of self hate.
• 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of
those, 20-25% progress to partial or full-syndrome eating
• The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed
naturally by only 5% of American females.
• 47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight
because of magazine pictures.
• 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures
influenced their idea of a perfect body shape.
• 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner
• 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat
A healthy body image is essential to
your health, happiness and wellbeing. People with a healthy body
image are less likely to engage in
self-destructive habits.
How Can I Improve My Body
 Improving your body image takes
time, and it also involves
improving your self-esteem in
most cases.
 The first step involves accepting
your body, no matter how big,
small, fat or thin it is.
When you have a negative
thought about your body,
tell yourself to stop (you
can visualize a stop sign)
and remind yourself of
something that you like
about yourself or the way
you look.
oDo Self-affirmations daily!
Positive affirmations can be used to reprogram your
thought patterns and change the way you think and feel
about things.
They are short positive statements that can help you
focus on goals, get rid of negative, self-defeating beliefs
and program your subconscious mind.
Here are some examples of positive affirmations related
to various areas of personal development.
I know, accept and am true to myself.
I believe in, trust and have confidence in myself.
I eat well, exercise regularly and get plenty of rest to
enjoy good health.
I know I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
I forgive myself for not being perfect because I know I'm
I never give up.
Stay away from fashion magazines.
Let's face it, most fashion and women's
magazines focus on an ideal of beauty
that is just not something anyone in
real-life can be.
Surround yourself with positive
role models and images. If your circle
of friends places emphasis on negative
physical standards or judge you on
your size or appearance, you will
benefit from seeking friends who
support you and love you for who you
are. Steer clear of magazines that
promote unrealistic physical ideals or
dangerous fad diet plans. Instead, opt
for role models who carry self-respect
and literature that nourishes your
mind rather than harms it.
Go for daily walks. Studies
have shown that regular,
moderate exercise over a span of
six weeks results in improved
body image and self esteem.
Exercise is also terrific stress
relief. Aim for 20 to 45 minutes
of cardiovascular activity, three
to four times per week. This time
set aside for yourself can be a
powerful time to reflect on your
goals and reap benefits of fresh
air and sunshine.
Eat healthy and
regularly for the
right reasons.
Studies show those
who start a work
out to be healthier
rather than to lose
weight stick with
it longer and have
more success.
 Join
a team sport
or dance team
 Keep a gratitude
journal. When you
find yourself
expressing negative
self-talk, counteract
the thoughts by
writing positive
comments about
yourself, your body,
people or occurrences
in your life.
•Set a goal to focus on the positive aspects of your
body on a daily basis. Rather than judge your
physical shape or size, consider what your body does for
you and why you are fortunate to have it. Researchers
at the Mayo Health Clinic found that such positive
thinking leads to improved physical and mental health,
lower stress rates and a longer lifespan.
•Remind yourself that the
people who truly love you,
love you for YOU, not for
what you look like.
• Remember beauty is skin
deep- when you feel good
about yourself you carry
yourself with a sense of
confidence, self- acceptance,
and openness that makes you
beautiful regardless of how you
look physically.
We are all different and we're
supposed to be that way. It would
be an incredibly boring world if we
all looked exactly the same. It's a
truly special experience to look
around and realize that everyone is
beautiful, no matter what size,
color or gender they are. There is
beauty in everyone, and that
includes you!

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